14 years ago this month I was walking across the stage to accept my diplomas from Southern Methodist University. (As you can see from the picture, I look pretty much the same and very happy to be done with school.)
It was a brutally hot afternoon in Dallas, and I barely remember the speech given to all of us wide-eyed graduates who were ready to get out into the real world and conquer it. I know there was talk of working hard and not letting anything stand in the way of our dreams. Pretty standard stuff. But what the real challenges I was facing?
- Who was going to tell me what I was supposed to do when I walked into a locker room of mostly naked men? (You look up by the way, never down.)
- How was I supposed to know how to deal with a really pissed off athlete after a bad game and still get the interview I needed?
- Why did it seem like there were unwritten rules with my male colleagues that I couldn’t understand?
14 years ago female sports broadcasters weren’t the norm. I didn’t have a female mentor to show me the ropes. And women in general didn’t talk about the challenges of succeeding in a male dominated work environment. I didn’t need the standard advice and the clichés. I needed real insight.
All these years later, I still hear the same clichés and the same advice and wonder how helpful it really is. Because I know for a fact, those clichés won’t prepare you for real-world situations.
I have a unique perspective on succeeding and thriving in male dominated environment. You won’t find a more testosterone driven workplace than a professional football locker room or traveling with a professional baseball or basketball team. I’ve learned how to navigate the challenges and build a successful career within that environment. I’ve learned hard lessons along the way.
I want to make it easier for the next generation of career-driven women. You don’t have to be a sports broadcaster to benefit from the lessons I share in my new 2-Minute Mentor video series. Available on my website, it’s a series of 10 videos, all of which are 2 minutes or less. I don’t pull any punches. What I have to say might not be popular, but it’s what I’ve found to be true throughout my career.
Being out in the ‘real world’ is hard enough. Make it a little easier on yourself or a college graduate by sharing the practical advice in these videos and succeed faster.
Jen Mueller, America’s Expert Talker, is the sideline reporter for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks. She also works on the television broadcasts for the Seattle Mariners. Jen is the author of Game Time: Learn to Talk Sports in 5 Minutes a Day for Business.. Her step-by-step process makes sports accessible and practical for relationship building in business. The book is available through Amazon.